The University of Sheffield
Department of Computer Science

COM6513 Natural Language Processing

Summary This module provides an introduction to the field of computer processing of written natural language, known as Natural Language Processing (NLP). We will cover standard theories, models and algorithms, discuss competing solutions to problems, describe example systems and applications, and highlight areas of open research. Students should be aware that there are limited places available on this course.
Session Spring 2023/24
Credits 15
  • Assignment
  • Formal examination
Lecturer(s) Prof. Nikos Aletras
  • to give students a well-rounded feel for the problems and approaches of Statistical Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • to give students an understanding of the potential areas of application of the techniques developed in Statistical NLP
Learning Outcomes  By the end of this course the students should:
  • be able to describe and discuss the subareas of NLP
  • be able to implement NLP algorithms and techniques;
  • be able to describe and discuss the potential and limitations of NLP techniques for applications such as machine translation, question answering, information retrieval and information extraction

Lectures will provide an overview of the field of NLP and its sub-areas, and will introduce and explain its key techniques, including their applicability and limitations. In lab classes, students will practice implementing the NLP techniques taught in class, testing their code in application to real language data. Topics covered will include:

  • N-gram Language Modelling
  • Word Classes and Part-of-Speech Tagging
  • Lexical Semantics and Lexical Similarity
  • Syntactic and semantic parsing
  • Information extraction
  • Neural network architectures for NLP
Restrictions Students must have taken Text Processing (COM6115) and Machine Learning and Adaptive Intelligence (COM6509) in the previous semester. The maximum number of students allowed on the module is 160.
Teaching Method There will be 2 formal lectures and 1 lab session per week.
Feedback Written feedback for the assignment.
Verbal interaction during lectures and lab sessions.